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loachduke
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posted 10 July 2021 21:54      Profile for loachduke   Email loachduke   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have currently put my application into the 4900 Yonge St recruiting office for an LCIS technician (or field eng), and am wondering what kind of life I will have ahead of me. My physical condition is pretty good, and I have run the 2400m in 12:15, which is pretty good considering my last years complete lack of exercise. The other stuff is too easy! 19 pushups? My neighbor has a 6-year-old son, and he could pump out 12 when I asked him to try. Considering that, he'll be eligible minus the age limit by the time he's 9 or 10. I'm not flaming really, it's just that the standards seem a little lower than I expected. I'm sure if you just attain the minimum you'll never survive basic at St Jean, and go home with your tail between your legs.
The POET training in Kingston sounds very challenging, but my past education and work experience should make it a snap. Does this position get some respect, or are you labeled as a 'techie' will all the ribbing that goes with the name.
Whether or not, the career is still a good one and the recruiter said they currenly are in dire need of good electronics technicians. The only real problem is the money at first. You know, I'm 31 now and have had some nice salaries, but need a new direction. I'm sure that if I put in my time, do my job well and don't lose anything, I may be able to get a promotion or extra pay as a specialist.
Any remarks are welcome.

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posted 22 July 2021 13:08      Profile for Cbt Engr   Email Cbt Engr   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As an FE for the last 10 and having taken the POET course after basic in 1988, I think I can comment on this. I'd have to agree that standards have gone down in the 13 years since I did basic training. But to assume that anything is going to be a "snap" is naive and to be honest, arrogant. Although as a general rule, the standards have lowered there are quite a few "old-timers" that don't agree with how the military has "progressed". And butting heads with them with an arrogant attitude is going to get you nowhere fast. Completing your QL3 LCIS course gives you the qualification and the spec pay. I am a Mcpl yet my old roommate is Cpl LCIS and makes almost as much as my WO.
And the Cpl rank is a gimme at 4 years max.

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posted 09 August 2021 21:16      Profile for fusilier   Email fusilier   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm up in Kingston taking another trades course. I know a few LCIS techs on course up here. As for PT, yes they do it quite often. They're an awful proud group. The training is tough, POET especially. Don't go into it thinking it'll be easy, even with your civvy background it will still be challenging. But hey gotta love that spec pay. As a Cpl (4) you'll make more than a first year Sgt without spec pay. Good luck and I'll see you up here.
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posted 10 August 2021 10:13      Profile for Bloggins   Email Bloggins   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sorry to be a total gomer, but can you say what POET and LCIS stand for?

Thanks!


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posted 12 August 2021 00:28      Profile for fusilier   Email fusilier   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No prob Bloggins, the Army is full of these acronyms. POET stands for Performance Oriented Electronics Training. It's a fairly demanding course you have to pass in order to go on to any technical QL3 delaing with electronics. LCIS stands for Land Communications and Information Systems. They fix all the comms gear and computer stuff we have.

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